Jason Stallman

By Erin Schell Jason Stallman, BJ ’97, put a lot of faith in his older brother. Jason was a sophomore studying abroad in London, and he asked Scott, a senior at the University of Missouri, to register him for the next semester’s classes. This was in the days before online registration, and students needed to … Continued

Jeffrey M. Christian

What do you do in your current job? I am the largest shareholder and managing director of CPM Group. I created the company when I negotiated a leveraged buy-out of what was then the Commodities Research Group within the Goldman, Sachs Investment Research Department. We spun off to be independent, for a variety of reasons. … Continued

John Duban

When John Duban got a “D” in his advertising principles and practices class, his professor told him, “Guys like you never make it in the advertising business.” Duban, BJ ’87, proved his professor’s judgments were wrong. After almost 25 years of advertising agency experience, he is now executive vice president, global managing director at Starcom … Continued

Seymour Topping

If journalists write the first draft of history, as has been claimed, it is a draft dictated by war. Centuries of “journalists,” from ancient historians such as Herodotus to modern 20th century reporters, have documented the rise and fall of civilizations marked by winners and losers of war. Their stories have shaped the historical eras … Continued

Sonja Steptoe

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? Even though I planned to work in news editorial after school, I was in the advertising/PR sequence and had to sell classifieds for the Missourian. That coursework opened my eyes to the business side of journalism and the crucial role it plays in the … Continued

Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen, BJ ’72, loved growing up in New York City and being able to read about all that was happening there in the newspapers. He wanted to be a part of the action from a young age and decided that a career as a reporter would put him at the center of the action. … Continued

Megan Reese

What do you do? I haven’t been at this job for very long, so I am still training. However, my job responsibilities so far include reviewing syndication screening reports and responding to the networks with content issues; creating new syndication guaranteed tracking sheets; and complete syndication post for all clients at the end of each … Continued

T.J. Quinn

Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. However, with hard work and help from the right people, opportunity can appear where you least expect it. Such is the journey of T.J. Quinn, BJ ’91, who graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with no intention of working in sports, yet today he works as … Continued

Merrill Perlman

What do you do? My business, Merrill Perlman Consulting, offers training and consulting on everything from reporting, writing and copy editing to corporate workflow, communications and recruiting. I’m also a freelance editor, with clients including book publishers, news outlets and private companies. I’m an adjunct assistant professor at the other Columbia, at the Graduate School … Continued

Mark Obbie

What do you do? I am a freelance writer specializing in stories about crime, courts, criminal justice policy, law and business. How did you get your job? I quit my day job! After a career that started in reporting and then moved into editing, then editing/publishing, then teaching journalism, I realized all my promotions and … Continued